Eagles' Josh Adams to miss start of spring after offseason surgery

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Eagles' Josh Adams to miss start of spring after offseason surgery

Josh Adams’ second NFL season isn’t getting off to a great start. 

The Notre Dame product, who was the Eagles’ leading rusher in 2018, had offseason shoulder surgery and will miss the beginning of offseason workouts, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. NJ.com first reported the news. 

Adams, 22, is expected to be back for training camp in the summer. 

The Eagles’ offseason program begins today and OTAs begin in early May. 

When he does return this summer, Adams will be in a running back room with Jordan Howard, Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, Boston Scott and likely a running back from the 2019 draft class. Despite being the Eagles’ leading rusher in 2018, there’s no guarantee Adams even makes the roster in 2019. 

After going undrafted out of Notre Dame, the Eagles brought Adams into their building last year. He didn’t make the initial 53-man roster but was promoted during the season and eventually earned starting duties. But his usage tailed off late in the season and he was basically benched in the playoffs. He played just one offensive snap in the two playoff games. But, apparently, this injury was already bothering him. 

The problem for Adams is the addition of Howard, who figures to be the Eagles’ first- and second-down running back. Howard has been able to find the end zone 18 times in the last two seasons and is much better in short-yardage situations than Adams was as a rookie. 

Missing this time in the spring certainly won’t help Adams’ chances of making the team in 2019, but he still has that chance if he returns this summer and has a strong training camp. 

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What AFC Championship means for Former Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid

What AFC Championship means for Former Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid

Big Red is going back to the Big Game.

Some 15 years after the Patriots beat the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Andy Reid finally has another chance to end more than two decades of ignominy and win his first Super Bowl as a head coach.

With 207 regular-season wins as a head coach, Reid is the winningest coach in NFL history without a championship on his resume.

The Chiefs beat the Titans 35-24 Sunday in the AFC Championship Game in Kansas City and will play in Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2 in Miami against the winner of the NFC Championship Game between the Packers and 49ers.

Let's take a look at what this win means for Reid, who spent the 1999 through 2012 seasons with the Eagles and took a 1-5 all-time record in conference championship games into Sunday's game.

TWO TEAMS IN THE SUPER BOWL: Reid is only the seventh coach in NFL history to take two teams to a Super Bowl. Among the others is Dick Vermeil, who coached the Eagles in 1980, when they lost to the Raiders in New Orleans, then won it with the Rams in 1999 in Atlanta. The other coaches to take two teams to a Super Bowl are Don Shula (one with Colts, five with Dolphins), Bill Parcells (two with Giants, one with Patriots), Dan Reeves (four with Broncos, one with Falcons), Mike Holmgren (three with Packers, one with Seahawks) and John Fox (one with Panthers, one with Broncos. Only Reeves and Fox didn't win one.

AFC-NFC DAILY DOUBLE: Reid joins Parcells, Reeves and Fox as only the fourth head coach in NFL history to lead an AFC team and an NFC team to the Super Bowl.

LONGEST DROUGHT EVER: The 15-year span from Reid’s first Super Bowl to his second is the second-longest ever, behind Vermeil’s 19-year span. But Vermeil only coached four years in between Super Bowl appearances. In terms of actual coaching seasons, Reid’s 15-year span — 14 seasons without a Super Bowl appearance between his first and second — is the longest ever.

ELITE COMPANY: Reid is now one of only four coaches in NFL history with 200 regular-season wins and 14 postseason wins. The others are Bill Belichick, Tom Landry and Don Shula.

MOVING PAST 5 TITLE GAME LOSSES: On Sunday, Reid became the 24th coach in NFL history to win two conference title games, and he improved his all-time record in conference title games to 2-5.

GETTING CLOSE AGAIN: Reid has coached 28 playoff games - 4th-most in history behind Belichick (43), Landry (36) and Shula (36). He's the only one in that group without a Super Bowl win. The only other coaches to coach 20 postseason games without a Super Bowl win are Grant (22) and Reeves (20)

WHICH WAY WILL IT GO? Looking ahead to Miami, Big Red has the most career postseason wins in NFL history without a championship at 14. Of the 23 head coaches in NFL history with at least nine postseason wins only Dan Reeves (11), Marv Levy (11) and Bud Grant (10) also haven’t won a title.

DON'T WANT TO BE IN A CLUB WITH SCHOTTENHEIMER: Reid’s 207 career wins with the Eagles and Chiefs are 7th-most in NFL history and most by a coach without a championship. Next on that list is Marty Schottenheimer with 200 and then Dan Reeves (190), Chuck Knox (186) and Jeff Fisher (173).

EVENING HIS RECORD: Reid got back to .500 in his postseason career at 14-14. At 13-14 going into the game,  of  28 NFL head coaches who’ve coached at least 14 playoff games, Reid was one of only six with a career postseason losing record. The others were Tony Dungy (.474), Grant and Fisher (.455), Knox (.389) and Schottenheimer (.278).

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Carson Wentz vs. Donovan McNabb in Roob's 10 Random Eagles Observations!

Carson Wentz vs. Donovan McNabb in Roob's 10 Random Eagles Observations!

Alshon's future, a crazy Shelton Gibson stat, Carson Wentz vs. Donovan McNabb and lots more in this weekend's 10 Random Eagles Offseason Observations! 

1. The question I’ve been asked more than any other since the season ended is: “What are they going to do with Alshon?” And it’s an intriguing one. Howie talked about Alshon when he met with the media a couple weeks ago, and bringing him back - if he’s healthy - makes sense in a way. When he’s healthy, he’s the most talented WR on the roster … by far (I know, I know, low bar), they’ve got to pay him anyway, and you can’t replace an entire corps of wide receivers, so why not keep the best one? But then I keep coming back to … I just don’t want this guy in my locker room. I don’t want him anywhere near Carson Wentz. I don’t want him near the young, impressionable wideouts the Eagles are going to draft. It’s a tough call, especially because of the economics. And Jeffery’s foot injury complicates everything. But bottom line is I just don’t think it’s a good idea for him to be in the building, and it’s up to Roseman to figure out a sensible way to make sure he's not. 

2. The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of Graham Harrell as offensive coordinator. He’s obviously a bright offensive mind, but what I like is that he’s an outside voice who can bring some fresh ideas to Doug Pederson, but philosophically he’s coming from the same general place as Doug. Harrell is a disciple of Mike Leach - he played for him and coached under him - and Leach is not quite part of the Andy Reid coaching tree, but he used to visit Reid, Marty Mornhinweg and Pederson at Lehigh to pick their brains about their offense. They’re different enough because there’s no direct connection between Pederson and Harrell, but there’s enough common ground that it seems like a heck of a fit. 

3. I wrote this past week about Doug Pederson’s struggles hiring assistant coaches, and one of the more troublesome trends is that he’s now fired three coaches he brought in and then promoted. He hired Carson Walch in 2018 as assistant wide receivers coach and promoted him to WR coach after one year, he hired Phillip Daniels in 2016 as a quality control coach and promoted him to d-line in 2018 and he brought in Mike Groh as WRs and promoted him to offensive coordinator after the 2017 season. Groh lasted two years and Walch and Daniels one year. I don’t get how you can be so wrong about guys who’ve been on your staff that you want to get rid of him that quickly.

4. For the first time since 1984, the Eagles didn’t have a punt return of 20 yards this year. Their longest  was a 17-yarder by Darren Sproles on opening day. In 1984, their long was a 16-yarder by Evan Cooper against the Patriots. Overall, the Eagles ranked 25th in punt return average at 5.8, their lowest figure since 5.7 in 1983. Makes it tough on everybody when so many of your drives start deep in your own territory. Greg Ward is a nice slot receiver, but he's not a punt returner. Just another need for 2020. 

5. There’s no down-side to Connor Barwin joining the Eagles’ front office. He’s a smart guy, he knows the game, he really loves this team and wants to see it succeed as much now as when he played here. The more people like Connor Barwin in your organization the better off you are.

6. I still believe in Carson Wentz, but interesting to think that four years into Donovan McNabb’s career he had already won four playoff games and reached two NFC Championship Games. 

7. One-time Eagles training camp phenom Raheem Mostert, who plays for the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game Sunday, has a higher career rushing average than every running back in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

8. Shelton Gibson has more position coaches than receptions in his career. Gibson has three career catches. He’s had four position coaches - Mike Groh in 2017, Gunter Brewer in 2018, Adam Henry with the Browns this past season and then Carson Walch for a week. If Gibson stays here this offseason? That disparity will go up.

9. Just a reminder for those clinging to their membership in the Jim Schwartz Sucks Cabal: Since 2016, the Eagles are No. 7 in the NFL in points allowed, No. 1 in run defense, No. 3 stopping third down, 10th in sacks, 9th in takeaways and 2nd in first downs allowed. With a Super Bowl title in there last time I checked. And allowing 17 points per game in six playoff games. And that’s with two players you’d classify as elite — Fletcher Cox and Malcolm Jenkins. He's not the problem.

10. Jason Peters has been an Eagle for so long he blocked for Brian Westbrook! Crazy, ain’t it? Going to be tough to see J.P. go. But it’s time. 

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